4th Sunday After Epiphany – Church Back Home – January 29, 2017

The Epistle reading for today is one which I consider to be one of the most abused and mis-used passages in the entire Bible! Does it mean, for instance, that Rosa Parks was supposed to give up her seat on the bus to a white man? Does it mean that minorities should have quietly obeyed the Jim Crow laws that enforced segregation? Should Jews have quietly gone to concentration camps? I don’t think so!

At the time St Paul wrote this, he was a proud citizen of Rome. Rome had treated him well. He had no way of knowing that rulers such as Nero and Caligula were in the future.

He did have to worry about some folks who thought that with the coming of Christ being so soon to come, they did not have to concern themselves with mundane authorities.


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16th Sunday After Trinity – Church Back Home – September 11, 2016

A pair of readings which drive home a point which many miss. In the Gospel reading, Jesus comes upon a funeral procession for a widow’s only son. Her only son dying would condemn a widow to destitution. Jesus brings her son back from the dead, and the people are overwhelmed by that happening.

In the Epistle, St Paul wishes the Ephesians to be able to comprehend with all saints the breadth, length, depth and height and know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge. Imagine how much that must be compared to our own knowledge!


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Fourth Sunday In Lent – Church Back Home – March 6, 2016

A very basic lesson we need to understand is the importance of giving God a chance to fulfill a promise. And so, we have the story of Isaac and Ishmael. This is not a case of waiting for “God’s time”, but rather the fullness of time.

God promised Abraham that his wife Sarah would give birth to a son who would be named Isaac. But Sarah did not believe she could have a child at her age, and so he let Abraham use her servant Hagar as a surrogate. Hagar gave birth to Ishmael, who was given a different inheritance than the one promised to Isaac.


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Third Sunday In Lent – Church Back Home – February 28, 2016

As I see it, the Epistle reading could have been written today. Look at the hatred, division and fear being spread by people who claim to be Christian, and you see what I mean.

We follow a god of love and light, not of darkness, envy and greed. The people to whom Paul was writing these remarks apparently needed reminding, and so do some folks we know.


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First Sunday In Lent – Church Back Home – February 14, 2016

A point made in today’s Epistle that some folks dismiss as obvious, but so many miss entirely. There is a basic need that we not receive God’s grace in vain! This issue is not limited to Christians, either. I’ve seen the same issue in every spiritual path I’ve studied.

How often do we see folks going off in their own peculiar direction, and only giving lip service to the actual teachings? A good thought to begin with on Lent!


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Quintagesima Sunday – Church Back Home – February 7, 2016

Of all that we do, there is one element which makes our efforts precious or worthless! The epistle forces a challenge on us. Do we want to make a bunch of noise, or do we want to actually accomplish something? One factor is the difference. And that difference is a word some folks today don’t really understand.

This can be a challenge for some people, especially when we see what that one factor is like, and particularly when we see what it is particularly not like. But knowing this, we can build!


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First Sunday In Advent – Church Back Home – November 29, 2015

CONTROVERSY ALERT! In this Epistle reading, St Paul hits the nail on the head, supported by a piece of Gospel scripture most folks probably don’t know. Why don’t they know? Because nobody had the nerve to tell them about it!

Paul tells the people that love is the fulfilling of The Law. Do that, and you’ll fulfill The Law without worrying about the nitpicking. Not only that, Luke 16:16 shows Jesus saying “The Law and The Prophets were until John: since that time the Kingdom of God is preached and every man presseth into it.”


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